No87 Japan: Sanno Fest
In Otsu, a 1,200-year-old celebration honors lusty mountain gods every spring.
No84 England: Falconer
An aristocratic pastime involves training, admiring—and almost becoming—a bird of prey.
No81 India: Nose Plugs
In the eastern highlands, grandmothers wear tribal affiliation on their faces.
No71 Philippines: Octopus
Discarded shells are shelters for this underwater species in Anilao. Beer cans, too.
No68 Italy: Palio Parade
Siena’s medieval-themed processions lay bare the city’s sturdy, tangled roots. Just don’t call them reenactments.
No63 Spain: La Estrella
In a remote village in Teruel, an elderly couple are the only remaining residents.
No57 Papua New Guinea: Parotia
A bird woos mates with a "bow, walk, pause and waggle." Collaboration: Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
No56 Papua New Guinea: Bird of Paradise
Come mating time, the King-of-Saxony male makes a ruckus. Collaboration: Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
No44 United States: Antelope Canyon
In the Arizona desert, an underground corridor unlike any other.
No26 United States: Elk Refuge
In winter, a Wyoming town welcomes to the world’s largest gathering of elk.
No21 INDIA: MASKED DANCE
The freakiest-looking festival in the Himalayas comes courtesy of Buddhist monks.
No18 FRANCE: MICRO-NATION
Why one historic valley district has its own customs agents and passport stamps.
No14 UNITED STATES: “Little Denmark”
A California town that preserves (and performs) its Danish roots with gusto.
No6 United States: ARCTIC SHACKS
The improvised, weather-resistant hunting cabins of Alaska's native Iñupiats.
No3 YEMEN: Moto-Taxis
The multi-functional motorcycles of southern Arabia, and the daredevils who ride them.